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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 9, 2015

Louisiana Woman Sentenced In Million Dollar Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Monica Causgrove, 43, of Lafayette, La., has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of wire fraud in a scheme in which she caused Hess Corporation more than $1 million in loss, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. She pleaded guilty Nov. 24, 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Causgrove a 12-month and one day sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release to include six months of home confinement. She was further ordered to pay $1,061,845.15 in restitution.

At the time of her guilty plea, she acknowledged she used her company credit card and her position at Hess to run up unauthorized charges in excess of $1 million, including a stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Causgrove was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The investigation leading to the charges was conducted by the Secret Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Leuchtmann is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 30, 2015